Defer Cruise Travel; Inside the Princess Outbreak — CDC

Nellie Chapman
March 26, 2020

A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that traces of the virus are detectable for up to four hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

However, the surface contamination on the ship can't be used to determine whether transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces without further study, the CDC cautioned.

The West Australia state government on Thursday said that nobody would be permitted to disembark the German-operated MV Artania after seven of 800 foreign passengers on board tested positive for COVID-19 unless there was a "life threatening emergency".

The findings showed that the virus survived on surfaces for far longer than was originally believed.

"Transmission occurred across multiple voyages from ship to ship by crew members".

"Say it with me: *viral RNA doesn't necessarily mean live virus was present, *" Smith said on Twitter.

However, Dr Derek Gatherer, an infectious disease specialist at Lancaster University, is not convinced the coronavirus can stay on surfaces for 17 days.

Protective equipment supply 'wicked problem,' says B.C. health officer
The health authority has said all hospitals, long-term care homes, and other health facilities are making plans to prepare. Despite reported hiccups by doctors in B.C. on testing and triage, Henry suggested B.C.is ahead of the curve on testing.


Health officials have warned repeatedly that people can catch the illness by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face.

According to Worldometer, as of March 26 9:00 GMT, there are 2,799 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia - up 123 cases since Wednesday.

Premier Mark McGowan has described the Ruby Princess fiasco as a "disaster" after infected passengers disembarked at Sydney late last week and spread the virus across Australia.

Researchers have made the startling discovery that cabins aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured the novel coronavirus for up to 17 days after passengers had left the ship in Yokohama, Japan. The quarantine lasted almost a month.

A woman in her 70s from the Ruby Princess Ship also died from coronavirus, and more than 300 passengers from the cruise ship have tested positive for the disease. Of the 469 people with available test results on that ship, 78-or 17 percent-of them tested positive for CCP virus.

Meanwhile, a passenger who walked off the Ruby Princess vessel without any health checks or warnings by authorities is now in intensive care unit after testing positive to the virus.

The CDC concluded: "Cruise ships are often settings for outbreaks of infectious diseases due to their closed environment, contact between travelers from many countries, and crew transfers between ships". "All persons should defer all cruise travel worldwide during the Covid-19 pandemic".

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